Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3091: Foreign Policy in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Alex Martin (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.

The first part of the module provides an historical analysis of Middle East and North African (MENA) region international relations and involvement in the international system addressing the post-colonial, Cold War, post-1991, to the present day. The second part of the module addresses MENA case studies, dominant theoretical approaches to International Relations and examines how they can contribute to an analysis of foreign policy. By understanding the MENA region’s place in the international system, through historical and case study specific analysis of foreign policy of MENA states over the 20th and 21st centuries, the module analyses factors that impact and shape their foreign policy decisions, including their economies and domestic politics, and the process of foreign policy making and the people involved/excluded in the FP making process. To understand the International relations of the MENA states with regional and international partners, the module also applies International Relations theory to frame the analysis of MENA state’s Foreign Policies.

A familiarity with Foreign Policy analysis and International Relations theory and scholarship will be an advantage.

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